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2007: American Stroke Association Honors CDH
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American Stroke Association Honors CDH

Hospital receives ‘Get With the Guidelines’ Silver Performance Achievement Award

WINFIELD, Ill., December 18, 2007 – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) has received the American Stroke Association’s ‘Get With The Guidelines’ (GWTG) Silver Performance Achievement Award for implementing a high standard of stroke care. Central DuPage Hospital is one of only 10 Illinois hospitals honored with the award.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. The ‘Get with the Guidelines’ program emphasizes instant diagnosis and treatment as critical in an emergency,” said Dr. John R. Born, president of the medical staff at CDH.  “At Central DuPage Hospital, the Neurosciences team has access to the most comprehensive system for emergency stroke care.” 

To receive the award, CDH consistently reached an 85 percent compliance rate for at least one year with the requirements of the program, including aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation.  According to the Neurosciences Institute at Central DuPage Hospital, the hospital not only meets, but exceeds the requirements of providing brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate. CDH is the only Illinois hospital to achieve this consistent level of performance within the first 12 months of participating in the GWTG Stroke Program. 

With the opening of the Neurosciences Institute in 2005, CDH established itself as a regional resource for advanced stroke treatment. With participation in four national clinical trials and use of new interventional neuroradiology devices, physicians on the medical staff of CDH have successfully extended the typical three hour acute stroke treatment window to six, eight and even ten hours  in some cases.  Annually, more than 550 patients have been treated for acute stroke and other neurological emergencies since the opening of the Institute. The hospital is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country for Stroke Care Excellence by HealthGrades (2006, 2007 and 2008) and is certified as a National Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.

‘Get With the Guidelines’ (GWTG) uses the “teachable moment,” the time shortly after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.  CDH offers customized patient education materials at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles and the GWTG Patient Management Tool, which provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

 “The American Stroke Association commends Central DuPage Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national ‘Get With the Guidelines’ (GWTG) steering committee member and director of acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”


According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke — 500,000 are first attacks and 200,000 are recurrent. Of stroke survivors, 21 percent of men and 24 percent of women die within a year, and for those aged 65 and older, the percentage is even higher. 

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

Recently, CDH was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234 (4CDH).

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